From National Review: “Bernie’s Strange Brew of Nationalism and Socialism “

This is an interesting article by Kevin D. Williamson July 20, 2015 4:00 AM and posted at National Review about Bernie Sanders and ‘national socialism’, and that uncritical love for anything Putin now-a-days. Its content has more relevance today with his and the Left’s move to support Donald Trump in the White House. While I don’t agree with the content in its totality, there are some valid arguments about Sanders and what to expect from him in these turbulent political days.

Marshalltown, Iowa — “All foreign-made vehicles park in designated area in rear of building.” So reads the sign in front of United Auto Workers Local 893 in Marshalltown, Iowa, though nobody is bothered much about the CNN satellite truck out front, a Daimler-AG Freightliner proudly declaring itself “Powered by Mercedes-Benz,” nor about the guys doggedly and earnestly unpacking yard signs and $15 T-shirts and rolls of giveaway stickers from a newish Subaru, all that swag bearing the face and/or logo of Senator Bernie Sanders, the confessing socialist from Brooklyn representing Vermont in the Senate who is, in his half-assed and almost endearingly low-rent way, challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. The bumper stickers on the mainly foreign-made cars of his followers tell the story: One of those “Peace” (not the more popular “Coexist”) slogans made of various world religious symbols, “Clean Water Is for Life!” and “The Warren Wing of the Democratic Party,” sundry half-literate denunciations of “Corporate Oligarchy” . . . “Not Just Gay — Ecstatic!” The union hall, like the strangely church-like auditorium at Drake University the night before, was chosen with calculation. Bernie — he’s “Bernie,” not Senator Sanders or Mr. Sanders or that weirdo socialist from Soviet Beninjerristan, just lovable, cuddly “Bernie,” like a grumpy Muppet who spent too much time around the Workers World party back in the day — our Bernie may not be the slickest practitioner of the black arts of electioneering, but he’s got some smart people on his small team, and they are smart enough to book him in rooms with capacities that are about 85 percent of the modest crowds they are expecting, thereby creating the illusion of overflow audiences. At subsequent events in New Hampshire and Arizona, they’ll report crowds in excess of 10,000; litigating headcounts is one of the great stupid amusing political pastimes, but, for purposes of comparison, Herself draws a crowd not much larger than Bernie’s a few days later in Des Moines.

Team Bernie is trying to make this a real race, but it isn’t — not yet, anyway. As of mid-July, Bernie was sitting at 12 percent in the Iowa polls, Herself at 54 percent. Bernie’s best showing is in New Hampshire, immediately adjacent to the state he represents, and Herself still leads him by a fat margin there. Team Bernie does all the usual tedious stuff, such as planting volunteers in the audience to shout on cue, “Yes, yes!” and the occasional Deanesque “Yeaaaaaaah!” It’s all very familiar, but there is a sense that what’s going on here isn’t really politics, but kids play-acting at politics. Sanders, as stiff a member as Congress has to offer, repeatedly refers to the audience as “brothers and sisters,” and the union bosses greet one another as “brother,” and you get the feeling that after a beer or three one of these characters is going to slip up and let out a “comrade.” If it’s anybody, it’s probably going to be the grandmotherly lady in the hammer-and-sickle T-shirt. She’s well inclined toward Bernie, she says, though she distrusts his affiliation with the Democratic party. “He’s part of . . . them,” she says, grimacing. “Yeah,” says her friend, who stops to think for a moment. “He’s a senator, right?” Aside from Grandma Stalin there, there’s not a lot of overtly Soviet iconography on display around the Bernieverse, but the word “socialism” is on a great many lips. Not Bernie’s lips, for heaven’s sake: The guy’s running for president. But Tara Monson, a young mother who has come out to the UAW hall to support her candidate, is pretty straightforward about her issues: “Socialism,” she says. “My husband’s been trying to get me to move to a socialist country for years — but now, maybe, we’ll get it here.” The socialist country she has in mind is Norway, which of course isn’t a socialist country at all: It’s an oil emirate. Monson is a classic American radical, which is to say, a wounded teenager in an adult’s body: Asked what drew her to socialism and Bernie, she says that she is “very atheist,” and that her Catholic parents were not accepting of this. She goes on to cite her “social views,” and by the time she gets around to the economic questions, she’s not Helle Thorning-Schmidt — she’s Pat Buchanan, complaining about “sending our jobs overseas.”

In the Bernieverse, there’s a whole lot of nationalism mixed up in the socialism. He is, in fact, leading a national-socialist movement, which is a queasy and uncomfortable thing to write about a man who is the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and whose family was murdered in the Holocaust. But there is no other way to characterize his views and his politics. The incessant reliance on xenophobic (and largely untrue) tropes holding that the current economic woes of the United States are the result of scheming foreigners, especially the wicked Chinese, “stealing our jobs” and victimizing his class allies is nothing more than an updated version of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s “yellow peril” rhetoric, and though the kaiser had a more poetical imagination — he said he had a vision of the Buddha riding a dragon across Europe, laying waste to all — Bernie’s take is substantially similar. He describes the normalization of trade relations with China as “catastrophic” — Sanders and Jesse Helms both voted against the Clinton-backed China-trade legislation — and heaps scorn on every other trade-liberalization pact. That economic interactions with foreigners are inherently hurtful and exploitative is central to his view of how the world works.

Sounding more than a little like Donald Trump — and that’s not mere coincidence — Bernie bellows that he remembers a time when you could walk into a department store and “buy things made in the U.S.A.” Before the “Made in China” panic, there was the “Made in Japan” panic of the 1950s and 1960s, and the products that provoked that panic naturally went on to be objects of nostalgia. Terror of the Asian Economic Superman is a staple of modern American politics: A quarter century ago, the artist Roger Handy published a book of photographs titled Made in Japan: Transistor Radios of the 1950s and 1960s. We all remember Captain Lion Mandrake’s account of being tortured in a Japanese prison-of-war camp: “I don’t think they wanted me to say anything. It was just their way of having a bit of fun, the swines. Strange thing is they make such bloody good cameras.” Like most of these advocates of “economic patriotism” (Barack Obama’s once-favored phrase) Bernie worries a great deal about trade with brown people — Asians, Latin Americans — but has never, so far as public records show, made so much as a peep about our very large trade deficit with Sweden, which as a share of bilateral trade volume is not much different from our trade deficit with China, or about the size of our trade deficit with Canada, our largest trading partner. Sanders doesn’t rail about the Canadians and Germans stealing our jobs — his ire is reserved almost exclusively for the Chinese and the Latin Americans, as when he demanded of Herself, in the words of the old protest song, “Which side are you on?” The bad guys, or American workers “seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico?”

But for the emerging national socialist, dusky people abroad are not the only problem. I speak with Bernie volunteer McKinly Springer, an earnest young man whose father worked for the UAW local hosting the rally. He’s very interested in policies that interpose the government between employers and employees — for example, mandatory paid maternity and paternity leave. He lived for a time in Germany, first studying abroad and then working for Bosch, an automotive-parts company. He is a great admirer of the German welfare state, saying: “I ask myself: Why do they have these nice things, and we can’t?” I ask him to answer his own question, and his answer is at once familiar and frightening: “Germany is very homogeneous. They have lots of white people. We’re very diverse. We have the melting pot, and that’s a big struggle.”

Donald Trump has some thoughts on that.
That the relative success of the Western European welfare states, and particularly of the Scandinavian states, is rooted in cultural and ethnic homogeneity is a longstanding conservative criticism of Bernie-style schemes to re-create the Danish model in New Jersey and Texas and Mississippi. The conservative takeaway is: Don’t build a Scandinavian welfare state in Florida. But if you understand the challenges of diversity and you still want to build a Scandinavian welfare state, or even a German one, that points to some uncomfortable conclusions. Indeed, one very worked-up young man confronts Bernie angrily about his apparent unwillingness to speak up more robustly about his liberal views on illegal immigration. Springer gets a few sentences into a disquisition on ethnic homogeneity when a shadow crosses his face, as though he is for the first time thinking through the ugly implications of what he believes in light of what he knows. He trails off, looking troubled.
Bernie, who represents the second-whitest state in the union, may not have thought too hard about this. But the Left is thinking about it: T. A. Frank, writing in The New Republic, argues that progressives should oppose Obama’s immigration-reform plans because poor foreigners flooding our labor markets will undercut the wages of low-income Americans. Cheap foreign cars, cheap foreign labor — you can see the argument.
‘Conservatives can identify each other by smell — did you know that?” He’s an older gentleman, neatly dressed in a pink button-down shirt, his slightly unruly white hair and cracked demeanor calling to mind the presidential candidate he is here to evaluate. He’s dead serious, too, and it’s not just Republicans’ sniffing one another’s butts that’s on his mind. He goes on a good-humored tirade about how one can identify conservatives’ and progressives’ homes simply by walking down the street and observing the landscaping. Conservatives, he insists, “torture” the flowers and shrubbery, imposing strict order and conformity on their yards, whereas progressives just let things bloom as nature directs. I am tempted to ask him which other areas in life he thinks might benefit from that kind of unregulated, spontaneous order, but I think better of it. One of Sanders’s workers, a young Occupy veteran, shoots me an eye-rolling look: Crazy goes with the territory.
Here in a dreary, rundown, hideous little corner of Des Moines dotted with dodgy-looking bars and dilapidated groceries advertising their willingness to accept EBT payments sits Drake University, where Bernie is speaking at Sheslow Auditorium, a kind of mock church — spire, stained glass, double staircase leading down to the podium for communion — that is the perfect setting for the mock-religious fervor that the senator brings to the stump. He is a clumsy speaker, pronouncing “oligarchy” — a word he uses in every speech — as though he were starting to say “à la mode.” He’s one of those rhetorical oafs whose only dynamic modulations are sudden shifts in volume — he’s the oratorical equivalent of every Nirvana song ever written — and he is un­disciplined, speaking for an hour and then pressing right through, on and on, feeling the need to check off every progressive box, as though new orbiters in the Bernieverse might think him a Rick Santorum–level pro-lifer if he didn’t lay his pro-choice credentials out on the table at least once during every speech. “Brothers and sisters, . . .” repeatedly: global warming, $15 minimum wage, putting an end to free trade, gays, gays, abortion, gays, lies about women making only 78 cents on the male dollar, mass transit, gays and abortion and gays, Kochs and Waltons and hedge-fund managers!
He does not suggest that conservatives can literally sniff one another out pheromonally, but the idea that his political opponents are a tribe apart is central to his platform, which can be summarized in three words: “Us and Them.” And, contra the hammer-and-sickle lady, Bernie is pretty emphatic that he is not one of the hated Them.
And this is where the Bernieverse is really off-kilter, where the intellectual shallowness of the man and his followers is as impossible to miss as a winter bonfire. The Scandinavian welfare states they so admire are very different from the United States in many ways, and one of the most important is that their politics are consensus-driven. That has some significant downsides, prominent among them the crushing conformity that is ruthlessly enforced on practically every aspect of life. (The Dano-Norwegian novelist Aksel Sandemose called it “Jante law,” after the petty and bullying social milieu of the fictional village Jante in A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks.) But it is also a stabilizing and moderating force in politics, allowing for the emergence of a subtle and sophisticated and remarkably broad social agreement that contains political disputes. Bernie’s politics, on the other hand, are the polar opposite of Scandinavian: He’s got a debilitating case of Tea Party envy. He promises not just confrontation but hostile, theatrical confrontation, demonizing not only his actual opponents but his perceived enemies as well, including the Walton family, whose members are not particularly active in politics these days, and some of whom are notably liberal. That doesn’t matter: If they have a great deal of wealth, they are the enemy. (What about Tom Steyer and George Soros? “False equivalency,” Bernie scoffs.) He knows who Them is: The Koch brothers, who make repeated appearances in every speech; scheming swarthy foreigners who are stealing our jobs; bankers, the traditional bogeymen of conspiracy theorists ranging from Father Coughlin and Henry Ford to Louis Farrakhan; Wall Street; etc.
He is steeped in this stuff, having begun his political career with the radical Liberty Union party in the 1970s. Liberty Union sometimes ran its own candidates but generally endorsed candidates from other parties, most often the Socialist Party USA, making a few exceptions: twice for Lenora Fulani’s New Alliance party and once for the Workers World party, a Communist party that split with Henry Wallace’s Progressives over its view of Mao Zedong’s murderous rule and the Soviet Union’s invasion of Hungary — both of which it supported. The radical political language of the 1970s and 1980s spoke of a capitalist conspiracy or a conspiracy of bankers (a conspiracy of Jewish bankers, in the ugliest versions), a notion to which Sanders pays ongoing tribute with the phrase “rigged economy.”
And criminalizing things is very much on Bernie’s agenda, beginning with the criminalization of political dissent. At every event he swears to introduce a constitutional amendment reversing Supreme Court decisions that affirmed the free-speech protections of people and organizations filming documentaries, organizing Web campaigns, and airing television commercials in the hopes of influencing elections or public attitudes toward public issues. That this would amount to a repeal of the First Amendment does not trouble Bernie at all. If the First Amendment enables Them, then the First Amendment has got to go.
F. A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom notwithstanding, corralling off foreign-made cars does not lead inevitably to corralling off foreign-born people, or members of ethnic minorities, although the Asians-and-Latinos-with-their-filthy-cheap-goods rhetoric in and around the Bernieverse is troubling. There are many kinds of Us-and-Them politics, and Bernie Sanders, to be sure, is not a national socialist in the mode of Alfred Rosenberg or Julius Streicher.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421369/bernies-strange-brew-nationalism-and-socialism-kevin-d-williamson

Hillary-Hating and Mental Splitting: The Psy OP of Fascists

The now popular noun/adjective ‘berniebots’ represents a collective observation that  Sanders’ followers attitudes towards their ‘leader’ and to Hillary Clinton (HC) show that something is lacking in them, i.e., a mind, that they behave like robots.

I will take a different view on that collective observation  and propose something more controversial: that what ‘berniebots’ are displaying is disturbing and dangerous signs of mental “splitting“, a mark of successful brainwashing technique.

In this post I intend to bring evidence to the fact that there is an anti-Hillary campaign based on that  ‘splitting’ technique, that Sanders’ followers are being used to deliver the ‘all bad-all good’ narrative of that technique, and that it threatens to lead our nation into a new form of fascism.

Splitting is more than just the relational-problem described in the psychiatric diagnosis of Borderline Personality.

In psychology, splitting is a mental schema characterized  by an absolute polarizing view of other people as either all good or all bad, the ‘black and white’ attitude, no shades are possible. Splitting is a  commonly used technique in cults and in advertising; it is a tool for opinion-shaping and political character assassination. It is psychological brain washing because it is done, obviously, surreptitiously.  It involves repetitive exposure to dogma and propaganda.

UPDATE: The discussion at the WaPo about ‘smear’ is not the same as ‘splitting’.  Smear is easily handled by showing evidence to the contrary. Splitting, on the other hand invalidates the target as a person because she is branded as all bad while the other is all good. Think religious fanatics, it’s like that.

In the case of ‘berniebots’, I propose that they have been exposed to the constant online and MSM repetition of an all bad Hillary Clinton propaganda. Karl Rove is the originator of this Hillary-hating art (discussed later)  and his skills have been adopted by both Trump and Sanders’ campaigns.

Splitting Hillary and Sanders

First, let’s consider how ‘berniebots’ display this splitting behavior.

It is common knowledge by now that, for them, Sanders is the pure, perfect, all good, almost saintly political leader. He is the only politician who never lies, always tells the truth; who, in his 30+ years in politics, has done nothing but good for the downtrodden. To them, there is no record of him voting in Congress  against the working class.  Susan Sarandon went as far as saying that “he has no ego”. That is distortion of thinking: they see what they want to see in him, not what he really is.

But he promotes that distortion:

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No one but him is telling the truth. The other people are liars, all of them, according to his and his followers judgment.

His trip to the Vatican this week have cemented that illusory view they have of him.

Sadly, we have also seen berniebots verbally attacking anyone who disagrees with them on their perception of Sanders or who brings evidence of his work in Congress that shows a not-so-perfect Congressional record.

As for Hillary Clinton, they see her as all bad, a witch, a subhuman entity, literally; their shared hatred of her is intense, powerful and all-encompassing.

A cursory research online about HC in this year’s primaries will net you mostly negative articles and opinions. When you go to Reddit and to MSM comment sections, you find that any positive comment about her or about anything good she has done as a politician is immediately and  violently attacked by them, devalued or negated as “lies”.  Even worse, as I have commented in my blog, YouTube and the internet are plagued with offensive videos portraying HC as, literally, a beast.

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Notice this one is from the 2008 primaries. It will be discussed later.

 Personality Worshiping And The Electoral Process

With berniebots there is no possibility of having a calm discussion of pros-and-cons about our two democratic contenders for the presidency. This means that in our current national elections there is no meaningful discussion about Sanders and Hillary’s qualifications. The public is being forced into engaging in the  politics of personality-worshiping to prevent meaningful vetting of the candidates.

Personal attacks are inevitable in a political campaigns; it is  ‘normal’ for candidates to engage in it. Also, the lack of consensus on  what constituted personal attack vs  discussing political records aggravates the problem.

But what we are witnessing today in general is not ‘normal’, unless you consider brainwashing normal and written into our presidential election process.

I don’t blame the bots for this; somebody is manipulating and taking advantage of their emotions. But who?

The Art of  Bashing Hillary Clinton Exist: The Evidence is Here

It is a fact that the GOP and its master of opinion-shaping propaganda (brainwashing), Karl Rove, have  spent almost a billion dollars, since the 2008 primaries in the art of vilifying Hillary Clinton, associating her name and image with powerful hateful emotions in the eyes of the electorate. He had become the king of brainwashing since the days of Bush Jr, helping not only elect him, but helping, and this it true, making the public adopt the term ‘climate change’ and ditch ‘global warming’. That’s for a later topic.

In this ad, a narrator ominously warns that scandal follows Mrs. Clinton like a shadow.

In 2008, Rove and his party were certain that Hillary was going to be the dems’ candidate for the presidency. Their job, unbeknownst to them, helped Obama steal her thunder. The amount of hatred and misogyny against her at that time was truly appalling. Everybody joined in the bandwagon of Hillary-bashing, including Obama.

Rove never made it a secret that he was  honeying the art of political character assassination against HC. His ego is so yuuge and he was so proud of his handy work that he even invited the media to witness a master brain-washer at work. He showed us how he trains people to split-thinking.

So, there’s no excuse to be ignorant about his work and about political brainwashing. There is  no reason not to believe that Hillary bashing is happening and is purposely done to brainwash the public into voting against her.

Fascism is Being Tested In The USA With Sanders and His Berniebots

You will recognize those tactics today. Rove is still at work and still convinced that Hillary will be the contender for the dems. But today, Sanders has brought Rove’s tested brainwashing techniques to, let alone to the voters, but  directly to his followers.

It is the berniebots who are enacting the splitting technique; not only they believe their split-thinking, they are the army sent out to the online media to bash and shame Hillary, to deny her record of accomplishments and of efforts to help the regular people of this nation. The berniebots test our mental patience with constant she is all bad-he is all good  brainwashing efforts.

If they were doing it to vet her and accept vetting Sanders equally, I wouldn’t have any problem with attacking her record. But that’s not what is going on here. This is not unlike in that movie “1984”.

“HATE HER! SHOUT OUT HER NAME!”

I made this video to give a visual idea of the cultish character of splitting. It contains clips of Sanders followers shouting at her.

 In that movie, “1984”, Winston’s,  the main character, daily work consisted in manipulating the nation’s only newspaper, changing historical data and turning heroes into villains and villains into heroes; and the workers were given a daily doses of hate to relieve them from the anger and frustration of living in a totalitarian state. The image of the hateful Goldstein would elicit spasms of intense anger and hatred, only to be relieved with ecstasy at the sight of the protector of all, the Big Brother.

Truly, our berniebots are the manipulated victims of the establishment a la “1984”. They get ‘unhinged’ at the sight of HC and in ecstasy at Sanders. They are willing to vote for Trump and not for her; that intense is their hatred, willing to burn the USA, as some of them have  commented, if Hillary wins the nomination or the presidency.

What you are seeing today in our primaries, which is more extreme than what we saw in 2008, is NOT going to go away. This picture of anarchic angry youngsters sent to disrupt other candidates rallies and activities, because it received the blessings of the MSM, it will stay with us as part of our political process, it will become the normal.

Once you have honed you brainwashing skills to that level, you are deserving of the Joseph Gobblers Medal  of Honor.

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Finally, what to do?

As I have been saying all along in this blog, until the middle class and the poor build that third-party not controlled by the elite, we only have the duopoly. Having to choose from the least of two evils, it doesn’t help us to be given charismatic ‘leaders’ who hide their true intentions. That would be Sanders.

As for Hillary, her life is an (forced) open book; there can be no surprises. She is not a ‘revolutionary’ nor is promising socialism. I know that she is not perfect because I  know her story.

She is not all bad nor all good. But she is better, at any levels, than a manipulative saint.

Go build that third-party to see if you can wake up. Get out from the duopoly, they are there to drain your ‘revolutionary’ energy in useless bickering about who represents the ‘establishment’: they ALL do.